voting in alabama

Under Alabama law, you have a right to vote if:

  • You are a United States Citizen
  • Reside in Alabama
  • Are at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • Have not been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court,
  • Have not committed a disqualifying felony*

For more than a century before August 2017, Alabama's county officials decided which felonies disqualified voters.

This meant that every county in Alabama had different standards on who got to vote. This relic of the Jim Crow era disproportionately affected people of color and the poor, effectively silencing the voices of over 280,000 Alabamians.

By passing the Definition of Moral Turpitude Act (HB 282) in 2017, Alabama finally clarified which felonies, state or federal, will not disqualify Alabamians from voting and started the process on restoring the right to vote to tens of thousands of people. Those Alabamians can now register to vote; even if they were previously told they could not.

Tens of thousands of additional Alabamians may be eligible to restore their right to vote through a simple application to the state. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people enfranchised by the new law do not know about the law and their newly restored voting rights, in large part because the state of Alabama and its Secretary of State John Merrill have not engaged in a widespread public education campaign to correct the misinformation spread prior to the passage of the new law.

The Alabama Voting Rights Projects hopes to convey a simple message across the state: a felony conviction does not always mean you lose your right to vote.

For any election, the last day to register to vote or update your voter registration is the 15th day prior to the election.

If you have a disqualifying felony but meet eligibility requirements for a CERV, you must be given a certificate that will allow you to register to vote within 44 days after you submit a CERV.

Statewide Primary Runoff Election: July 17, 2018
Register to vote by: July 2, 2018

Statewide General Election: November 6, 2018
Register to vote by: October 23, 2018
Submit a CERV by: September 9, 2018 to ensure you can vote

Tens of thousands of additional Alabamians may be eligible to restore their right to vote through a simple application to the state. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people enfranchised by the new law do not know about the law and their newly restored voting rights.

Voters in Alabama are now required to present photo identification at the polls or to enclose a copy of their identification in their absentee ballot application.

The following valid forms of ID are acceptable:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Valid Non-driver ID
  • Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID
  • Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
  • Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

If you do not possess one of these forms of ID, you are eligible to receive a free voter ID.

To get a free voter ID you must go in person to your local Board of Registrars, the Secretary of State's office in Montgomery, or to one of the roving mobile units. Click here to see their schedule.